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 Eastern Panhandle WV Real Estate Blog 
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Whether you are searching for your first home or are a seasoned Jefferson County home buyer, there is nothing like the thrill and excitement of finding the perfect property. We, as an experienced team of Jefferson and Berkeley County real estate agents, have seen many buyers enter each transaction with enthusiasm and eagerness, which is wonderful. Sometimes, however, people can get so caught up in the prospect of moving somewhere new that they can forget to consider important factors during their search. This can create buyer’s remorse, which is something that nobody wants to have after making such a large investment in a property.

Just as with most things in life, there are a few “dos” and “don’ts” that should be considered as you embark on your Berkeley or Jefferson County home search. We used our past experiences and knowledge of how home buyers behave to compile a list of the few most important things to do, and not to do, when you decide to buy a home. Let’s start with the “Dos”:

1. DO research the neighborhood. The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia has several wonderful communities that are perfect for raising families. The key is to find the one that suits you best. Whether you want to settle in Charles Town, Ranson, Inwood or Hedgesville, it’s important to make sure that you do your research beforehand. Find out everything you can about the community and school districts. Think of it as becoming a detective. Gather data, review it and make your final decision based upon what you research.
2. DO look at a few houses before deciding on one. Don’t find yourself falling for love at first sight. It’s important to compare a home you really like with other listings in the area. If you don’t, you could end up overpaying or missing out on a great property.
3. DO invest in a professional inspection. Even if a property is pre-inspected, you should still get your own inspection to ensure that there are no major, undisclosed issues with the home. The majority of issues with any house aren’t visible to the naked eye, so hiring a professional inspector to go through the home with a fine-tooth comb will bring any potential issues to the surface early-on.
4. DO buy based on need, not want. Sure, those fancy upgrades and luxurious amenities may sound enticing, but it’s more important to buy based on your fundamental needs. Will you be expanding your family? Do you need to be in proximity to a major city? These aspects of a home are far more important than what you want.

All of these things are what you should be focusing on as you begin your Berkeley or Jefferson County home search. The next things, however, you should avoid.

1. Buying a home through an auction? Don’t overbid. It is possible to find your dream home at an auction, however bidders can often drive the price way above market value. Don’t overbid! You could be grossly overpaying for a property that may not end up being up to your standards. Proceed with caution at an auction!
2. DON’T buy a home based on its décor. Sure, the pristine decorating at the showing might be what draws you in, but keep in mind that you’re going to have to fit your own decorative pieces into the home after closing. Instead, focus on the physical space of each room and determine whether or not it’s functional for your lifestyle.
3. DON'T take real estate ad copy for what it is. Think about it: advertising is meant to make things sound as enticing as they possibly can. That’s why it’s important to know how to decipher what certain words really mean. “Cozy” most likely means small and “as-is” could mean that there may be a lot of work that needs to be done on the home. If you know how to read between the lines, you won’t be in for an unexpected surprise at showing time.
4. DON’T buy the most expensive house on the block. While everyone wants to try and keep up with their neighbors, it’s important not to outdo them. Chances are, you won’t get the same return on investment that you put in to the home, and you could end up losing money on the deal. Think about whether or not the house is on-par with the rest of the neighborhood before choosing to buy it.

If you keep these common home buyer dos and don’ts in mind as you begin the search for your dream home in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, then we’re fairly confident that you will be a happy homeowner after closing. Buyer’s remorse is something that nobody wants to go through, so although you might be excited to find your dream home, it’s important to keep a clear, logical head as you go through the transaction.

If you need help beginning your home search, don’t hesitate to contact us! As a Berkeley and Jefferson County real estate team, we’re very happy to help. We hope to hear from you soon!

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Charles Town, WV 25414-1520
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